Women in Trades Training

Women in Trades Training News

*Info Session! March 10th from 5pm-6pm at the Kelowna Campus (1000 K.L.O. Rd).  Meet a recruiter, learn more about WITT programming, have all your questions answered and if you're ready, you can even start your application on the spot!

***LIMITED SPACE LEFT***
Apply now for the Salmon Arm intake of Gateway to the Building Trades for Women starting March 2020. Contact us by phone or email to apply for this fully sponsored,
12 week, trades training and employment focused program. 


Women in Trades Training 

Okanagan College Women in Trades Training (WITT) is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement to help increase the number of female apprentices in the Province of BC.  


Okanagan College WITT offers two different sponsorship opportunities: 
  • Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program and/or
  • Sponsorship for an Okanagan College Trades Foundation program

              
 
                                                               

Gateway to the Building Trades for Women 

Gateway to the Building Trades for Women is an exploratory program for those who are
unsure of which skilled trade is right for them. Participation in the Gateway program is not a requirement in an application for an Okanagan College Women in Trades Training Foundation program sponsorship.

Gateway program applications start with a completed Participant Eligibility worksheet and Participant Intake worksheet. Both forms can be emailed directly to witt@okanagan.bc.ca
or
delivered in person to the Women in Trades Training office located in the Trades & Apprenticeship office T115, Kelowna campus. 


Gateway participants begin in the classroom learning safety and best practices for the shop and job site, they then begin working on hands-on projects individually and as a team. 

Trades covered may include:

  • Carpentry/Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Sheet Metal        

Gateway Students Will:              

  • Gain practical and theoretical experience in a wide variety of trades
  • Obtain industry knowledge from mentors, Department Chairs and guest speakers
  • Learn how to secure employment and further training
  • Increase Essential Skills
  • First Aid Certification
  • Participate in Work Experience and active job site tours
  • Employment readiness assistance: resume package, interview & professional skills

Upon completion of the program participants may seek direct entry into trades employment and/or Apprenticeship opportunities or apply to Okanagan College to enter one of many skilled trades Foundation training program and apply for further Women in Trades Training sponsorship.  

Admission Requirements:                 

All participants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in BC
  • Not enrolled in high school or in post-secondary training
  • Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program
  • Employed and working equal to, or less than 20 hours per week
    in which case, an individual is considered Unemployed 

Contact us to see if you are eligible!


Gateway Program Start Dates:
 
                           

Salmon Arm: March 16, 2020 - June 5, 2020   Accepting Applications! 3 SPOTS LEFT!!

Kelowna: April 14, 2020 - June 30, 2020          Accepting Applications now! 

Vernon: September 2020 Date TBD

Kelowna: September 2020 Date TBD

Penticton: 2021

Program Schedule (May be subject to change):   

Length: 12 weeks    
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm and Friday 8:00am-11:45am

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Okanagan College Trades Foundation Programs

Women in Trades Training offers sponsorships for eligible and selected women in their pursuit of becoming a tradesperson by supporting Foundation Level training through Okanagan College.  

WITT sponsorship applications for Trades Foundation programs can only be accepted once the student has received a formal seat offer from the Okanagan College Registrar’s Office and have secured the offer with a seat deposit.
  Persons interested in sponsorship through WITT must contact the WITT office to start the application process in advance.       

To apply to an Okanagan College trades Foundation program click here

Women in Trades Training Foundation sponsorships may include:

  • Full tuition and required textbooks

 
 

Women in Trades Training Office
Phone: 250-762-5445 Ext. 4825
Toll Free: 1-877-755-2266 Ext. 4825 
Email:  witt@okanagan.bc.ca











 

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Questions? 

witt@okanagan.bc.ca

Local: 250-762-5445 ext. 4825

Toll Free: 1 877 755 2266 ext. 4825

 

 








           


United Steelworkers & Women of Steel

Women in Trades Training had the privilege of attending a meeting
with the United Steelworkers' Kelowna chapter of Women of Steel. 
 They are doing great work for the community.
www.usw.ca